Flint, MI — By now, nearly everyone knows multiple government officials in Michigan knowingly poisoned thousands of men, women, and children after the city switched its municipal water source from the Detroit water system to the Flint River. Now, however, as if poisoning residents and their children weren’t enough, the city of Flint is threatening to take people’s homes for refusing to pay for the tainted water.

Although Flint — which blew wide open a year ago — is largely out of the headlines, the crisis is still unfolding. Residents are still unable to drink the water, leaving most families to rely on bottled water for everything from brushing their teeth to cooking and bathing.

In spite of multiple officials facing criminal charges, there hasn’t been a single conviction. The only people to face any consequences thus far, over the atrocity in Flint, are the citizens who are forced to pay for unusable water.

After the city made the switch in 2014, Melissa Mays, 37, said her and her family began developing rashes and their hair started to fall out. Her neighbors all had the same issues. Once she realized it was their tap water, Mays turned into a clean water activist.

Since discovering she, her husband, and her three children had all been poisoned by the water coming out of their tap, Mays stopped paying her water bill. Now, the city who poisoned her is threatening to take their home if she continues to refuse to pay for poison water.


“I got scared, for probably the first time since this all started, this actually scared me,” said Mays.

As NBC 25 reports, Mays received the notice in the mail Friday stating that she must pay nearly $900 by May 19 to avoid a lien being placed on her property.

The Mays are not the only family who stands to lose their home for refusing to pay for tainted water either. In fact, over 8,000 people got a notice this week just like the one Mays got.

For those who refuse to pay their bills in full by May 19, they city will foreclose on their homes and take them.

Mays will now have to compromise her principles to avoid having the government steal her home.

“While I understand this is the way the law reads we are in a totally different situation,” said Mays, noting that she’d been poisoned.

Government officials remain entirely unapologetic. In spite of the EPA awarding a $100 million grant to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to fund drinking water infrastructure upgrades in Flint, city leaders say they need the money.

“We have to have revenue coming in, so we can’t give people revenue, I mean excuse me, give people water at the tap and not get revenue coming in to pay those bills,” said Al Mooney, City of Flint Treasury Department.

Mooney says the shut offs are already working in the city’s favor. Last month Flint brought in nearly $3 million for water. That is nearly $1 million more from the month prior when they only collected $2.1 million, NBC 25 reports.

Mooney hopes that threatening to steal people’s homes — for refusing to pay for poison water they can’t use — will result in a windfall for the city. He noted that those 8,000 plus tax liens would bring in nearly $6 million for the city.

To be clear, no one here is advocating for people not to pay their bills. However, choosing not to pay for a terrible and dangerous service — that you do not want and is forced on you — is hardly unethical. In fact, had there been competition in water services, this problem may have never happened.

When government knowingly poisons you and your children to save a buck — and then tells you they are going to steal your house when you refuse to finance said poisoning — something has gone seriously wrong.

Please share this article with your friends and family to let them know how the government of Flint is treating its citizens.

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Drinking your own piss has to be better than this crap. At least piss is sterile.

  • The Cat’s Vagina

    What makes this even worse still is that Flint’s poisoned water is among the most expensive in the country. http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2016/02/16/study-flint-paid-highest-rate-us-water/80461288/

    • Zackknowitall

      This is 100% why the second amendment exist. I think our founding fathers actually wrote about this scenario and said that they would kill all the pigs for poinsing their family and trying to steal their home.

  • Lily

    Where is all that money going? It seems like that would have been enough to fix the problem or at least build a clean water well.
    Why are they able to threaten to take there homes instead of suing them for the money? Not that I think they should be able to do either one. I just find it odd that they can even do that. How is any of this even being allowed to happen, when the government is fully aware of everything that’s going on?!

    • Zackknowitall

      Why bc no one is busting caps in their motherfucking heads.

    • WeAreYourGods

      They admitted that the threats to take homes are more effective at getting people to pay, so they are using psychological intimidation to shock people into paying. No respect or empathy for the citizens, who should all sue for millions after being systematically poisoned.

      • Lily

        Yes, they def should!
        Thanks for explaining it that way. I was confused on how they could do that.
        They should sue for emotional damage too. Better yet everything they can.

        • WeAreYourGods

          I agree. Problem is, poor people don’t have the resources for a protracted court battle against the same people who corrupted the system to begin with. Maybe a high powered lawyer can do a pro-bono class action suit.

  • Rehbock

    Before Trump and Sessions Justice Dept. would be stepping in about now.

    • junktex

      LMAO.Yeah right!

    • WeAreYourGods

      As if. The problem went on for years right under their noses, both Justice and the EPA under Obama. They did the absolute minimum after the story got national headlines. They can start up a war in Syria for tens of billions but can’t afford to give Flint clean water.

      • Rehbock

        As if ? The election was given to Trump which is why Sessions is in justice and the poor black folk in Flint are too shut up and pay their water bill to avoid foreclosure and prosecution.

        • WeAreYourGods

          Yeah, this is not a new story in any way. This has been going on for years. I saw documentaries about Flint’s water crisis where the citizens were talking about being threatened to keep paying their water bills years ago. What’s happening has nothing to do with Sessions, yet.

          • Rehbock

            Sessions calls the shots at Justice. Whatever was is no longer and what will be is entirely up to Sessions.

          • WeAreYourGods

            Ugh. Obviously this is a local government action, not a DC based federal action. Justice doesn’t get involved until the bad PR forces them to, so SSDD.

          • Rehbock

            When a local government commits crimes, it was always the job for Justice. Now, whether it is cops slaughtering, beaurocrats poisoning, or officials plundering, they will look the other way in the tradition of the old south. https://youtu.be/HAwhC_btAUU

          • WeAreYourGods

            Yeah, basically what I said. Justice doesn’t get involved unless they have to.

          • Di

            if all would not comply then they would foreclose on all the homes and that should get a few headlines..this would be true for our corrupt system..if no one voted it would end

    • Pres.Obama’s DoJ did NOT “step in” either. The people of FLint are 70% Black & 100% por, working poor or low-rungs of working class—& as such are INVISIBLE to BOTH Dems & GOP.

      • Rehbock

        Hillary’s justice department would have.

  • Lord Humungus

    There comes a time when enough is simply enough. I can’t say what I’d do in their shoes for sure but I may let them come and try to evict me then pay my bill in lead. Any piece of shit that would enforce this deserves to be slaughtered.

  • Colleen Adams

    Question. Can these people install a rain water tank and then turn off the water supply from the city. Just asking

    • junktex

      Probably against the law

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      No, because then the city would accuse them of stealing “sewer service,” which you can’t get without buying their poison water. I guess they could shut off the water main and pay the minimum every month to cover sewer, but like this other guy said, that’s probably against some obscure, greedy-ass law!

  • RomertL

    You are not advocating for people to not pay for poisoned water? Why not?

  • moose2271

    I respectfully disagree with some of the points in this story. First, the city cannot take your house from just placing a lien against the property. The only way they can take it is if the property taxes haven’t been paid. It takes two years before the process can begin, then, I believe, you have another year before the county can present the case to a judge. That is state law. In addition, there are programs to help people in this situation so they don’t lose their house. Even though the water in a few areas is cloudy caused by excess iron in the system due to a different bad decision by the city, it is safe to drink according to the testing done at Michigan State University. There is still as much bottled water available as anyone wants. I agree they should not have to pay for water they can not use, but they are using it. If they aren’t using it, how did they get a bill like that? They city still has to pay Detroit for the water coming in. What they need to do is flush the hell out of the system where the water is still cloudy. The lead service lines have been being replaced for a year and a half now.

    • Kountry Bumpkin

      I was just thinking I’m not sharing this story with anybody I know, they all have enough sense to know there’s a difference between a lien, a foreclosure, and a tax lien, all of which are used in this story, apparently in true FTP fashion the writer just picked words at random. Secondly I was thinking they must be using the water for something or they wouldn’t owe that much, if the water was completely unusable and poisonous to even come in contact with most normal people would have the water company turn their water off yet they keep using it.

      • Sillywilly

        probably toilets and the like…but yeah that’s about all I would use their water for…using their s’ht to wash away my s’ht.

    • Roxanne Wolfe

      I wondered the same. They flush toilets. That is water used. Most people pay for water used. If I don’t use it, my bill isn’t very high. When I use more, I pay more. I’m not understanding the reasoning here.

    • they can make these illegal threats … which bullies people into paying for the toxic water

    • permalink

      Well you know TFTP likes to hype a problem beyond belief…

  • Mother Earth

    Good ol America, home to the free land of the brave is quoted, sounds like bullshit to me like more of the lying quotes, America has a big problem with deceit and dishonesty which comes directly from the top.